Rally UHC Cycling's Brandon McNulty Wins Giro di Sicilia

April 07, 2019

Rally UHC Cycling's Brandon McNulty Wins Giro di Sicilia

Brandon McNulty won Il Giro di Sicilia in spectacular fashion on Saturday, with Rally UHC Cycling successfully defending his Maglia Giallo Rossa leader’s jersey on the legendary slopes of Mt Etna. McNulty finished fourth on the final stage after his teammates, one by one, sacrificed themselves en route to the greatest GC triumph in team history.

In capturing the overall, Brandon McNulty became the first American in the race’s 24 year history to do so.

“This is one of the proudest moments of my career,” said McNulty. “The team was incredible and gave everything for me. It was a huge team effort on what was a truly epic stage.”

Thanks to mountainous terrain and aggressive racing, the final stage from Giardini Naxos to Mt Etna was extremely difficult to control. Time trialists Evan Huffman and Svein Tuft seized the front of the peloton and led the entire team into the base of Mt Etna. Fastman Colin Joyce took over and set the pace up the first half of the climb before Kyle Murphy, Gavin Mannion, and Rob Britton got to work managing the gap to a sole leader up the road.

With 7 km remaining, McNulty was forced to set the pace and limit the group of GC favorites ability to attack him.

“I knew what I had to do,” said McNulty. “My goal was to win the overall and as we approached the final few kilometers, I knew the other riders would start looking at the stage win. I used my TT skills to defend the jersey."

McNulty also went on to win the Best Young Rider Classification, finish second in the Points Classification behind Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec), and third in the King of the Mountain Competition. The team took third in the Team Classification.

After founding the team in 2007, managing director Charles Aaron was proud of the team’s accomplishment.

“Sicily was a full team effort,” said Aaron. “The team has really come together this last month and this success shows we can compete at a very high level with North American talent.”

The team has experienced an unprecedented amount of success in only its second year in the Professional Continental ranks.

“Personally, I am very excited for the future,” said Aaron. “To have races like Sicily, Tour of Turkey, Flèche Wallone, Tour de Yorkshire, and Amgen Tour of California invite us shows the value of our program and is a positive sign for our team.”

Final General Classification 
1 MCNULTY Brandon Rally UHC Cycling 18:07:24
2 MARTIN Guillaume Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team +0:42
3 MASNADA Fausto Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec +0:56

Points Classification
1 BELLETTI Manuel Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec 25
2 MCNULTY Brandon Rally UHC Cycling 19
3 MARTIN Guillaume Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 14

King of the Mountain Competition
1 MASNADA Fausto Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec 27
2 MARTIN Guillaume Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 20
3 MCNULTY Brandon Rally UHC Cycling 12

 




Also in Blog

Here's How To Balance Triathlon Racing & Everything Else In Your Busy Life
Here's How To Balance Triathlon Racing & Everything Else In Your Busy Life

March 30, 2020

Triathlon is a demanding sport, in so many ways. Setting your racing goals is vital to success, but so, too, is learning to balance your multi-sport lifestyle with every other facet of your daily routine. This is especially true for working professionals and those with families. Here are some tips on maintaining that balance.

Read More

5 Beginner Triathlon Tips That All Triathletes Should Know
5 Beginner Triathlon Tips That All Triathletes Should Know

March 27, 2020

Triathlon racing is unlike any other sport in the world. Its special rewards come with an equally unique set of challenges. But for those new to the sport, the journey can seem daunting. Here are five tips that all beginner triathletes should know before starting out, and that are relevant for veteran racers, too.

Read More

We're All In This Together. A Message Concerning The COVID-19 Pandemic.
We're All In This Together. A Message Concerning The COVID-19 Pandemic.

March 23, 2020

<p>We wanted to reach out to our riders during this strange and uncertain time. We are committed to doing everything in our power to properly address whatever steps need to be taken to ensure that our communities are safe and that we continue to provide our riders with the best service possible.</p>

Read More